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Jack White ventures into publishing

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Jack White’s Third Man Records has made its name on compellingly ambiguous projects that exist in a sort of quantum superposition of established formats: a record store that’s also a recording studio, a box set that’s also a piece of furniture. The company has just announced that it’s moving into the publishing world with the first release from its Third Man Books imprint, and as should be expected, the “book” that it’s putting out isn’t just a book.

Language Lessons: Volume I has its bookish aspects—in particular, a 321-page hardbound anthology of prose and poetry co-edited by poet/musician Chet Weise and Third Man co-founder Ben Swank that includes award-winning writers like Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright, and Adrian Matejka. It also includes five prints of poems illustrated by underground comics artist Jim Blanchard and Tim Kerr, the former guitarist for Texan hardcore pioneers Big Boys. And to take the project to the level of complexity that Third Man is famous for, the “book” also includes a compilation album that includes contributions from such diverse artists as trash-rockers Destruction Unit and legendary avant-jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark.

The set, which retails for $50, arrives on shelves August 5 and is available for pre-order now.

Video: Jack White covers Jay Z's '99 Problems' live

In the middle of launching his latest run of North American tour dates at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival Saturday night, Jack White  pulled a cover of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” out of a transition from The White Stripes “Icky Thump.”

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Governors Ball 2014, Day 2: Jack White, The Strokes, Sleigh Bells go big

At any weekend festival, Saturday is typically the most important day; it also tends to be the best attended. (Friday gets cut off because it’s still a work day; Sunday gets truncated because of exhaustion.)

With that many people going all-in, everything gets heightened: the weather hits harder, the choices made about who to watch and what to skip become more dramatic, and the pressure gets ratcheted up for everybody on stage, especially the closers.

Such was the case on Saturday, the second day of Governors Ball 2014, and luckily, headliner Jack White is no stranger to pressure. White has headlined many a festival before, so he’s an old hand at commanding the whims of tens of thousands at a time, and he stuck to the biggest meat-and-potatoes riffs in his catalog to keep the crowd stirred after a long day of baking in the sun.  READ FULL STORY

Jack White's new 'Lazaretto' video -- watch it here

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Today’s clip for Jack White’s excellent “Lazaretto” is brought to you by the letter S: shredded guitars, shattering glass, snorting bulls, squared-off snakes, crystal skulls, spun-out sports cars. Also one very sharp suit.

It’s arty and manly and no one knows what it means but it’s provocative – sort of a black-and-white blooze-rock cousin to Jay Z’s  “On to the Next One.”

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Jack White slams Black Keys, says they're 'ripping' him off (UPDATE: And then apologizes)

UPDATE: Jack White issued a lengthy apology note on Saturday, hoping to put the negativity surrounding his recent comments in Rolling Stone to rest. “I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get,” he writes. “I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele.” You can read the full letter on his website.

ORIGINAL POST: Things are still pretty black and white for Jack White and the Black Keys: Jack is not a fan.

Addressing a series of leaked emails from last year, in which White called the Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach “an a–hole,”  he further elaborated to Rolling Stone in their current issue:

“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s the Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original.” READ FULL STORY

Jack White doesn't talk to White Stripes partner Meg White anymore

Three years have passed, but the White Stripes’ breakup just keeps getting more depressing.

After the Jack White-Meg White duo confirmed their split in 2011 — “to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way,” they said at the time — Jack remained in the spotlight while Meg just kind of… disappeared.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Jack reveals his one-time wife remains so elusive, he rarely speaks to her anymore. “I don’t think anyone talks to Meg. She’s always been a hermit,” he says in the cover story. “When we lived in Detroit, I’d have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it’s almost never.” READ FULL STORY

Eat the Beat: The tastiest songs about food

With the release of her new album Food last week, singer and Le Cordon Bleu-certified chef Kelis has gone from “Milkshake” to full-on smorgasbord — tracks on the album include “Jerk Ribs,” “Cobbler” “Friday Fish Fry,” and “Biscuits n’ Gravy.”

But she’s hardly the first artist to find her muse on a menu. Place your order below—and stream our full food playlist (minus a few songs that weren’t available on Spotify; apologies to fans of both Pumpkins and egg-based condiments): READ FULL STORY

Record Store Day 2014 Roundup: Reviews and samples of new stuff by Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, and the glorious return of Veruca Salt

Another Record Store Day is in the books, and based on preliminary statistics and the number of photos of crowded indie shops that popped up all over Instagram on Saturday, it appears to be bigger than ever.

This year’s crop of exclusive vinyl releases featured several big-time reissues or first vinyl appearances of classic albums, but there were also a handful of newly minted pieces of music unveiled via Saturday’s festivities. Bruce Springsteen released a four-song salvo, Jack White set a record with a record, and Veruca Salt announced their return via two new tracks. Check out the reviews of these new tunes from big-name artists below.

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Jack White records song, releases it on vinyl within hours

Jack White played his new single “Lazaretto” for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.

The singer and guitarist called it the “world’s fastest-released record.”

But don’t look for it in the Guinness World Record Book, as White admitted he doesn’t know if anyone else has attempted the feat. The stunt was a promotion for Record Store Day and his upcoming album, Lazaretto.

White performed Saturday morning at his Third Man Records label. As he was playing, fans could watch on television the acetate record being cut in a room behind the stage. After the title song from the upcoming album, he also recorded a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love,” which was the B-side on the record. The master was then hustled over to the United Record Pressing plant, also in Nashville. READ FULL STORY

Jack White announces new album, due in June

Hold on to your primary-colored pantaloons — Jack White has announced the release of a second solo album on June 10.

And he’s taking the opportunity once again to teach the world an olde-timey vocab lesson: The album is called Lazarretto, which apparently is also the word for a quarantine station for maritime travelers. A fitting followup to his first post-White Stripes solo outing, 2012’s Blunderbuss, otherwise known as a muzzle-loading firearm.

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